The ethnographic film Praxi follows a group of young Greek aspiring actors, determined to follow their dream. Every day, they come together in order to prepare themselves for the theatre school’s entry exam. For hours at a time, they listen to each other’s’ monologues, encourage each other to sing or they practice how they can free fall without getting hurt. Praxi focuses on several individuals to trace the shape and diversity of the greater group. They reflect on what theatre means to them. How do these lessons help them to grow as actors but also as people? And to what extent does the theatre provide them with a free space for self-expression?
Anne Lisa Mudde is a Master Student Sociology based in Amsterdam. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics and Conflict. In between studying, she gained work experience at the Sharing Perspectives Foundation where she contributed to a virtual exchange program for refugees and master students from around the world. Furthermore, she initiated a photo exhibition on depleted raw materials at Amsterdam’s Bildung Academy. Her main focus is developing social innovation projects that integrate media and art to engage communities.
Elli Siora is an undergraduate historian in the UK who is also a video and theatre maker. She has made several fictional short films one of which was screened at the Oxford International Film Festival and created two short documentaries which have both been published in the International Relations publication Interrupted Studies. She has written and directed her own play. Her specific interest in the media of both film and theatre intersects with her historical training, seeking to understand how artistic production informs and is a product of the socio- cultural moment.
Emma Harris is currently finishing her Bachelor Degree in Anthropology at University of Copenhagen. She has done fieldwork in Denmark, Sweden, Armenia, UK and India, on themes such as identity, sense of belonging, post-conflict nation building, activism performance and community media. Always bringing a camera, she is interested in using visual anthropology to explore the relationship between art and science. She wishes to combine anthropology and participatory filmmaking in the fields of community media, conflict resolution, and peace-building.
Lotte van der Woude is an Amsterdam based artist and political scientist who focuses on individual and collective sense-making through the use of video, performance and interventions. Lotte van der Woude is finalist of the Theodora Niemeijer Award 2016 at Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Currently, she is working on a video-project in collaboration with the Dutch National Opera. Her work has been shown among other places at the Lumen Travo Gallery in Amsterdam, Kino Central in Berlin, The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Sofia Museum of History.